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 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Americans must return to work

In a U.S. Chamber of Commerce poll released in early December, the findings spell trouble for America’s employers – both private and public. It found that more than 60% of the... — Updated 12/16/2021

 By Mark Miloscia    Opinion

CRT-activists targeting farmers markets

In recent years, Democrats have taken issue with a number of harmless things (math and advanced academic classes, for example), deeming them racist and demanding their removal. We’ve seen progressive outrage over historic... — Updated 12/9/2021


Reader requests clinical accuracy

Instead of the front page headline “High school vaccine clinic causes concern” (Cheney Free Press, Nov. 25, 2021), how about a more relevant headline such as “High school vaccine clinic proves popular,” with the... — Updated 12/9/2021


Unemployed residents may have to repay their unemployment benefits

Due to the federal government changing the unemployment benefit eligibility rules mid-pandemic, some Washington residents, who have been receiving unemployment benefits, will now have repay the benefits despite being approved to... — Updated 12/9/2021


Electric heating costs similar to natural gas

Last week, the Cheney Free Press ran a column with statements which I find incorrect or misleading. For example, in regards to Senate Bill 1084, the column states, “Prohibiting natural gas is expensive for home and building... — Updated 12/2/2021

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Ignoring debt is not an option

Remember the television ad where the auto mechanic looks viewers straight in the eye and says: “You can pay me now or pay me later!” The message: if you change your car’s oil... — Updated 12/2/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Water rights should remain private, local

Under the guise of water conservation, the state Department of Ecology is once again moving to take water rights from farmers, ranchers and other private holders. Last month, the... — Updated 12/2/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Time to recall, reconnect, give thanks

The last 20 months have been exceedingly difficult for most Americans. A-cross the country there have been coronavirus mandates, riots, increasing taxes, job losses and more. The... — Updated 11/24/2021

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

By George, McGovern was right

Sen. George McGovern of South Dakota was never a darling of conservatives; however, in his later years he shocked fellow Democrats by his outspoken backing for streamlining... — Updated 11/24/2021

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

State Supreme Court rules Governor issued illegal vetoes

In a 7-2 ruling this morning, the State Supreme Court said the partial vetoes the Governor made in the 2019 transportation budget were unconstitutional. When issuing those vetoes the Governor said: “While my veto authority is... — Updated 11/18/2021

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Honoring fallen heroes goes beyond lowering flags

Lowering our flags to half-staff seems to be an all too familiar sight these days. It is a solemn act that recognizes our fallen heroes, whether they be men and women in our armed... — Updated 11/11/2021

 By Mark Miloscia    Opinion

Oppose forcing COVID vaccine on kids

Last Wednesday, the Seattle School Board was set to vote on a resolution asking the state of Washington to force public school students to be injected with a COVID-19 “vaccine” to attend school.  The board, however, decided... — Updated 11/11/2021


Anti-mask 'freedom' denies others

Your “freedom” not to mask nor vaccinate denies others their freedoms to stay safe and alive. Norm Luther Spokane... — Updated 11/11/2021


Outgoing board members served with integrity

Outgoing Cheney School Board members Marcie Estrellado and Suzanne Dolle, with 30 years of experience between them, have wisely led Cheney public schools through some of the most challenging times in recent educational history.... — Updated 11/11/2021


Cheney High School Key Club is amazing

In the aftermath of Nov. 1, I answered a knock at my door to discover dozens of students raking and bagging leaves in my front yard, sidewalk and driveway, as well as those of my neighbors on North Fifth Street. Cheerful,... — Updated 11/11/2021


Replace tattered flag in Cheney

I am an old lady who walks daily, picks up litter and observes homes and businesses that proudly fly the American flag as I do. Several months ago, I observed a government office and a business with badly tattered flags. I wrote... — Updated 11/4/2021


Wyman adept at obfuscation

So, it seems our dubious Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman is moving on to bluer pastures. She is resigning mid-November, having been “tapped’ by the Biden Administration to oversee federal election security. She was... — Updated 11/4/2021

 By THOMAS RYAN    Opinion

Supply disruptions are hitting home-based medical care

The days of scrambling to secure toilet paper are over. But the pandemic is continuing to wreak havoc on supply chains. Pet food is in short supply. Restaurants are warning customers that their favorite meals may not be on the... — Updated 11/4/2021

 By Don C Brunell    Opinion

Business recruitment strategy needs rethinking

For years, Washington state masked its high business and regulatory costs with low-priced, reliable electricity --- lots of it. However, Tennessee packages low-cost, reliable... — Updated 11/4/2021


Gov. Inslee resumes targeting dams

It’s no secret that Gov. Jay Inslee wants the removal of the four federal dams on the lower Snake River between Clarkston and the Tri-Cities. Back in December 2018, his proposed 2019-21 operating budget included $750,000 for a st... — Updated 10/28/2021

 By MARK MILOSCIA    Opinion

Parents rightfully standing up to school boards

Earlier this month, the National School Boards Association sent a letter to President Biden complaining about the increased involvement of passionate parents at school board meetings. “The National School Boards Association... — Updated 10/28/2021


Press needs to remain uncompromised

The hair on my neck stood up when I heard Speaker of our House, Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., tell a member of the media that their job was to support her political agenda. Recalling the civics lessons that I had as a youth, I learned... — Updated 10/21/2021


Get involved in redistricting effort

It is not too late to submit your views to the Legislative Redistricting Commission. Citizens should get involved in the 10-year redistricting of the state based on the 2020 Census.   Proposals for state districts are due... — Updated 10/21/2021


Natural gas air pollution is real

Commentary earlier this month by Don Brunell frustrated me by his reasoning. He talked about Gov. Inslee’s ban on fossil fuels for new construction being “expensive for home and building owners, many of whom installed energy... — Updated 10/21/2021


Reader endorses Maike for mayor

I endorse Shirley Maike for Medical Lake mayor. Shirley has the best experience and knowledge to keep the city going forward and operating in the black. I have watched Shirley work as a planning commissioner, as a council member... — Updated 10/21/2021


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